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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Notice

The Blizzard of 2011 Coverage page is deleted.

Winter Forecast/ Blizzard of 2011 Notice

As of March 1st, the following pages will be shut down:

1. 2010-2011 USA Winter Forecast.

2. 2010-2011 Canada Winter Forecast.

3. 2010-2011 Europe Winter Forecast


As of February 3rd, the following actions will take place:

1. The Blizzard of 2011 Coverage Page will be shut down.

2011 Blizzard O'Hare Snowfall

20 inches of snow was the final and official tally for the 2011 Blizzard.

Objectives for Update 2

While update 2 will be a successor to many minor fix updates, there are things that The Weather Centre will be working to improve up to Update 2 for The Weather Centre.

-Developing a specialized in-house forecast system.
-Redesigning the Current Weather Page.
-Adjusting poll answers to posts.
-Working to enhance graphics.
-Redesigning, Enhancing the Snow Day Formula.


Notice on the Poll

The 'What do you want more of from this blog?' poll will be ending February 23rd, 2011.

The changes will be implemented immediately as the final data is analyzed.
If you have not voted, vote now.
It will only help us at The Weather Centre get a feeling of what the public wants.

Weather Explained: Snowdrift


What is a snowdrift?
When snow is falling and wind is blowing, the wind blows the snow against a wall or solid object. A snowdrift looks like a big hill. In the Blizzard of 2011, snowdrifts were as high as 5 feet and over.

Are snowdrifts dangerous?
Snowdrifts can bury cars, stop people from being able to open front doors, and be hazardous in general.

What does a snowdrift look like?
(image from kevinmd.com)

Update 1

New things to Update 1.0:
-Added 14-day forecast to Long-Range Forecast
-Beginning to close down Blizzard of 2011 Coverage page.
-Minor fixes to Current Weather Page
-Added 5 days to the 'What Do You Want More Of From This Blog?' poll.


Notice

In order to keep you up to date on the most recent updates, we will be posting new updates to The Weather Centre.


Dangerous Cold to follow Blizzard of 2011



Dangerous cold is forecast to follow the historic Blizzard of 2011.
Below we have a map depicting the movement of the cold air from the Canadian high pressure. Many areas will get the coldest temperatures in the entire season, and possibly spanning several years' worth temperatures.
Above, I project the strong Canadian high pressure will begin a strong influx of cold air following the strong low pressure.
Below is The Weather Centre's projected lows for tonight.
For current watches, warnings and advisories concerning cold, snow and any other weather, click here.

Central IL Snow/Sleet Amounts Blizzard of 2011


INCHES LOCATION COUNTY TIME
------ ------------------- ----------- -------
20.00 1 N ABINGDON KNOX 0700 AM
18.00 5 NE AVON KNOX 0700 AM
17.00 2 W PRINCEVILLE PEORIA 0700 AM
16.00 HAVANA MASON 0530 AM
15.60 BRYANT FULTON 0530 AM
15.00 GALESBURG KNOX 0630 AM
15.00 PEORIA PEORIA 0600 AM
14.80 TOULON STARK 0630 AM
14.70 HOPEWELL MARSHALL 0648 AM
14.00 MORTON TAZEWELL 0445 AM
13.50 BEARDSTOWN CASS 0700 AM
13.00 2 SW CAMP GROVE STARK 0700 AM
13.00 5 W BLOOMINGTON MCLEAN 0600 AM
12.00 MANITO MASON 0700 AM
12.00 KNOXVILLE KNOX 0600 AM
12.00 LINCOLN LOGAN 0550 AM
12.00 4 NE NORMAL MCLEAN 0500 AM
11.40 SPRINGFIELD SANGAMON 0600 AM
9.00 MOUNT PULASKI LOGAN 0600 AM
7.00 DECATUR MACON 0430 AM
5.00 AUBURN SANGAMON 0700 AM
3.00 3 E PANA SHELBY 0500 AM


SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT...

INCHES LOCATION COUNTY TIME TYPE
------ ------------------- ----------- ------- -------------
3.00 DANVILLE VERMILION 0630 AM SLEET
2.50 MATTOON COLES 0444 AM SLEET
2.00 WINDSOR SHELBY 0600 AM SLEET
0.40 AUBURN SANGAMON 0700 AM FREEZING RAIN
0.40 WATSON EFFINGHAM 0600 AM SLEET
0.40 NEWTON JASPER 0500 AM FREEZING RAIN
0.30 ROBINSON CRAWFORD 0700 AM FREEZING RAIN

St. Louis, MO Snow Accumulations Blizzard of 2011

Verification Nationwide Snow Totals

Click Here for Verification.

Quad Cities Snowfall Totals Blizzard of 2011



INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
------ ----------------------- -- -------------- -------
17.6 1 E KEWANEE IL HENRY 0900 AM
17.5 1 SE KEOKUK IA LEE 0854 AM
17.5 LOWDEN IA CEDAR 0729 AM
17.3 1 N KEOSAUQUA IA VAN BUREN 0820 AM
17.0 2 SE KEOKUK IA LEE 0854 AM
17.0 MEMPHIS MO SCOTLAND 0600 AM
16.7 MOLINE QUAD-CITY AIRPOR IL ROCK ISLAND 0558 AM
15.4 PARK VIEW IA SCOTT 0700 AM
15.0 3 NW STOCKTON IL JO DAVIESS 0828 AM
15.0 2 N MUSCATINE IA MUSCATINE 0742 AM
15.0 ANAMOSA IA JONES 0630 AM
14.0 2 NE CALAMUS IA CLINTON 0738 AM
14.0 WASHINGTON IA WASHINGTON 0738 AM
14.0 W APPLE RIVER IL JO DAVIESS 0730 AM
14.0 DONNELLSON IA LEE 0652 AM
13.6 3 SSW CENTER JUNCTION IA JONES 0811 AM
13.5 1 SE PRINCETON IL BUREAU 0826 AM
13.5 SE STANWOOD IA CEDAR 0803 AM
13.4 DAVENPORT MUNICIPAL AIR IA SCOTT 0608 AM
13.0 1 W CAMBRIDGE IL HENRY 0830 AM
13.0 LA HARPE IL HANCOCK 0830 AM
13.0 DUBUQUE REGIONAL AIRPOR IA DUBUQUE 0559 AM
12.5 3 NW HENNEPIN IL BUREAU 0911 AM
12.4 2 NNW WILLIAMSTOWN IA JOHNSON 0818 AM
12.2 2 NE COLUSA IL HANCOCK 0635 AM
12.2 3 SSE DALLAS CITY IL HANCOCK 0608 AM
12.0 DEWITT IA CLINTON 0700 AM
12.0 1 E CLINTON IA CLINTON 0656 AM
11.5 2 W DUBUQUE IA DUBUQUE 0659 AM
11.5 2 N NEW WINDSOR IL MERCER 0600 AM
11.0 W CANTRIL IA VAN BUREN 0828 AM
11.0 1 SSW CORDOVA IL ROCK ISLAND 0700 AM
11.0 FREEPORT IL STEPHENSON 0700 AM
11.0 1 W ELMIRA IA JOHNSON 0655 AM
11.0 LENA IL STEPHENSON 0644 AM
10.7 SWISHER IA JOHNSON 0600 AM
10.5 4 S DEWITT IA CLINTON 0758 AM
10.0 E SOLON IA JOHNSON 0635 AM
9.5 GALENA IL JO DAVIESS 0738 AM
9.5 3 NNW CEDAR RAPIDS IA LINN 0510 AM

South Wisconsin Blizzard of 2011 Estimated Totals

NW Indiana, N. IL Snow Totals

WOODSTOCK 5NW (MCHENRY)......................21.1
SPRING GROVE 2N (MCHENRY)....................20.8
ANTIOCH (LAKE)...............................20.0
OHARE (COOK).................................19.5
MIDWAY 3SW (COOK)............................18.5
OAK BROOK (DU PAGE)..........................17.7
LAKE ZURICH (LAKE)...........................17.5
MUNDELEIN (LAKE).............................17.5
GENOA (DE KALB)..............................17.1
BARRINGTON (LAKE)............................17.0
ELBURN (KANE)................................17.0
JOLIET (WILL)................................17.0
WAUCONDA (LAKE)..............................17.0
STREAMWOOD (COOK)............................16.5
ROMEOVILLE (WILL)............................16.4
CHATSWORTH (LIVINGSTON)......................16.0
DWIGHT (LIVINGSTON)..........................16.0
DE KALB (DE KALB)............................15.7
PIPER CITY (FORD)............................15.0
PEOTONE (WILL)...............................15.0
WINFIELD (DU PAGE)...........................15.0
ROCKFORD (WINNEBAGO).........................13.9
MARSEILLES (LA SALLE)........................13.5
ROCHELLE (OGLE)..............................13.0
BOURBONNAIS (KANKAKEE).......................12.5
EARLVILLE 3S (LA SALLE)......................12.0
JOLIET 2N (WILL).............................12.0
YORKVILLE 2SE (KENDALL)......................12.0
BATAVIA (KANE)...............................11.5
PERU (LA SALLE)..............................11.5
MORRIS (GRUNDY)..............................11.4
COAL CITY 4NNW (GRUNDY)......................11.1
FAIRBURY (LIVINGSTON)........................11.0
NAPERVILLE (DU PAGE).........................10.6
CHANNAHON (WILL).............................10.5
PAXTON (FORD)................................10.5
BOTANIC GARDENS (COOK).......................10.0
HARVARD (MCHENRY).............................9.0
KANKAKEE (KANKAKEE)...........................7.5
ST ANNE (KANKAKEE)............................7.5
WATSEKA (IROQUOIS)............................7.5
MILFORD (IROQUOIS)............................6.5
OTTAWA (LA SALLE).............................6.0

NORTHWEST INDIANA SNOW
LOCATION (COUNTY): FALL(INCHES)

LOWELL (LAKE)................................13.0
REMINGTON (JASPER)...........................10.4
VALPARAISO 5NNE (PORTER)......................9.3
RENSSELAER (JASPER)...........................8.0

Official North IL Total Verification NWS

Official Blizzard 2011 Totals (NWS)

Chicago O'Hare International Airport19.5"9 AM
Rockford Airport13.9"6 AM
Chicago Midway Airport18.5"8:45 AM
National Weather Service Chicago - Romeoville16.4"9 AM